|Sunday, October 24, 2021|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”
oasting is defined “as excessively proud and self-satisfied talk about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities” The definition of boastful is being a braggart, or having an overinflated sense of pride. A person who is constantly talking about his own accomplishments is an example of someone who would be described as boastful.. Does that description describe you, if it does, then read further .
Reading through John 13 you cannot but see how loquacious Peter was. Earlier in the passage he had this conversation with Jesus.
“When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Jn 13:6-8
So you see that Peter is always full of outbursts. In our word in modesty Peter talks before thinking or his usually boastful. The last boast was too much that Jesus responded with a prophetic insight and a word of caution- for him which unfortunately he did not learn from.Paraphrased Jesus said “ Peter, you talk too much, and you are unnecessarily boastful about you abilities , let me tell you, you can’t do many of the things you are saying, for instance tonight before the cock crows you will deny me not once, not twice, but thrice “ Why thrice so that Peter will not say “It was a mistake”Or “I was quoted out of context” When you repeatedly act in a certain way trust me that is your true character.
A woman that has had five husbands and is now doing trial and error with the sixth one and yet does not know the problem is not about men needs to do a rethink.
Fast forward Peter denied Jesus three times! Even with the foreknowledge- he did!
What the Holy Spirit is saying today is beyond just boasting, it is about you not identifying your weaknesses. Remember Peter was regular in every service . Remember Peter leads his evangelical team to witness every Saturday . Remember Peter receives profound revelation that baffles his contemporaries and Jesus himself confirms as a true revelation from God. But it did not stop Peter from his weakness of boasting! What is in your life that despite all this years of being in church you have not dealt with?
Are you always loud? Do you promise what you cannot deliver, Do you tell lies, Do you always show off? Are you in the school of the prideful? Why are you trying to impress others when you know your weaknesses? Boastfulness is about promising what you cannot deliver.
Boastfulness is about exaggeration of your ability or capacity. Have you heard people with church membership of one thousand referring to it as over seven thousand?Boastfulness is about show off and exaggeration.
Jesus was teaching the body of Christ how not to boast. Don’t boast about tomorrow. Don’t boast about your strength. Don’t boast about your ability or inability. Don’t just talk before you think.Way the consequences of what you want to say . You should know what you are capable of doing and what you cannot do .
I read recently about a father who took his son for a walk and thought him lessons from The Mango, The Coconut and the Bitter Leaf.
He told him to plug a ripe mango,but none was ripe. “Here is your first lesson Son, don't fight to be seen or noticed, rather work on your fruit to be ripe.” We are like unripe mangoes in one area or the other of our lives. Let us work on ourselves.
Then he told him to pluck the coconut,which he did by throwing stones and stick because it was tall and unreachable by hand. The old man said “You see that coconut tree, no matter how many you pluck, it won't dry up because of you. It will keep producing more coconut. It is because it produces more that makes it relevant in my compound. If not, I would have uprooted it a long time ago.”
Brethren when you are not boastful you attract less enemies and you will be more resourceful. When I see people spraying money in parties I see braggart, empty vessels making the most noise. Displaying $20 dollars in one dollar denominations twenty times, main while you see people putting $2000 in envelope without noise! Who do you think armed robbers will attack after the party?
He learnt the third lesson. “See Son, look at that *bitter leaf* at the other side of the compound, go and taste it. I moved a bit and I said, Sir, I don't really like it. He smiled and said, Son, ‘This shows that, not everyone will like what you do, but you must never allow that to determine how you grow.’” There is pressure on you particularly in this generation to show your stuff- be proud, be boastful.., that is the way of the world . Broad is the way that lead to destruction and narrow is the gate to eternal life .
Stop . Find out if your thinking, your philosophy of life is tantamount to boastfulness and repent today.
Conclusion: The Holy Spirt is warning you to stop. Stop boating about material wealth, money, property, cars , cloth , position,status, bank account . They have wings they fly away . Whatever you have it is by God’s grace, beauty, money, power, brilliancy,position, charisma, and talent are all God given.
That uniform you are wearing and you are using to boast and destroy others is for a while. Some will wear it tomorrow. That sit you occupy in that country, bank, Church, court, legislative house, even as a Premier/Governor,President/Prime Minister will be occupied by someone else tomorrow. With all of Pharaohs boasting- “I don’t know your God and I will never let you go.” God deliver the children of Israel and caused him to perish in the Red Sea. Thank God Peter had the wisdom to repent and that saved his life and ministry. You too can borrow the wisdom of Peter and repent today and stop boasting after all it is better to learn from other people mistakes than yours. Here what the bible says :
“But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken! Jer 9:24.
Shalom. Have a great weekend!